Graham’s 200th Grumble!

Guess what, everyone? Last week was my 200th Grumble! My how time flies. It feels like only 100 posts ago that I hit my 100th post. Believe me, I’m as surprised as you are that this is still going. I would like to start this off by thanking the Uber Uberfriends – Shaggy and David. They made this whole site possible and have graciously kept this site running even though it’s primarily become a weekly dumping ground for whatever is running through Glenn and my heads. I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the other Uberfriends who have made this site worth visiting over the years – 3D Matt, Stella, and Andrew. Continue reading

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Indie Game Review: Concrete Jungle

If you enjoy deck-building and puzzle games, definitely check out Concrete Jungle.

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Graham’s Got A New Tennant

It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a Whovian. All right, that might be a stretch. I binged the show from the first season of the revival all the way to the first few Peter Capaldi episodes, and I have sadly lost my way. I haven’t gone back to watch the series from the beginning, or read any of the novels or comic books. I have purchased a couple of books to help expand my knowledge of past incarnations, but that’s about it. So, since I’m not a hardcore fanboy it feels a little disingenuous to say I’m a Whovian. Let’s just say I’ve travelled in the TARDIS and leave it at that. Continue reading

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Graham’s Nostalgia

So, I recently turned 30 and started a new position at work. These have been some slightly stressful times and I’ve been sliding into nostalgia as a way to cope. A little mental trip to one’s youth can’t be too harmful, right? Well, I guess that depends what that trip entails. Continue reading

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F.lux: Get better sleep

Scientists have figured out that our bodies’ biological clocks respond to blue light.  Having too much exposure to blue light before bedtime can affect your ability to fall asleep at a reasonable hour.  Modern technology in the form of computers and fluorescent lighting have greatly increased our exposure to blue light after sundown, which might explain why some people have difficulty holding down reasonable sleeping schedules.

F.lux is a freeware program that reduces the amount of blue light emitted by your computer monitor before bedtime.  During daytime, it leaves your computer monitor’s colours alone.  If you have trouble getting to sleep early, definitely give it a try.  Surprisingly, it worked really well for me.

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Graham’s Fan Expo 2015

It’s time for my annual post about Fan Expo! It’s Toronto’s biggest and, as mentioned in almost all of my other posts about it, also one of its most poorly organized! But, let’s not dwell on the negative – at least not for too long. This was a year of firsts in many ways. Continue reading

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Review: Transistor

Transistor (website) is Supergiant Games’ follow-up to its indie hit Bastion.  Like its predecessor, Transistor oozes style.  The art in this game is gorgeous.  The game looks incredible despite using a simple 2-D isometric engine and not being a AAA title made by hundreds of people.

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Review: Mini Metro

Mini Metro (website) is a puzzle/strategy game where you design a subway system to efficiently transport passengers to their destination.  The mechanics of the game are  simple- passengers want to go to any station that matches their icon.  This isn’t necessarily realistic as the passengers are ok with going to any number of different stations and don’t always have a specific destination in mind.  However, the game is good because the rules are simple yet the strategy has a lot of depth to it.

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Things little kids will laugh at me for: dial-up Internet

Not only was dial-up Internet really, really slow… my computer would make all sorts of strange noises before connecting to the Internet.

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A Return to Garden State

Nostalgia is a tricky thing. It’s something we’ve been trained to embrace. My generation has, anyway. I mean, how often have the Ninja Turtles been rebooted, or rebranded or brought out for another spin. And, I’m not even talking about totally new versions of beloved characters. It can be as simple as them literally remaking the classic toys from my youth. But, it can be a double edged sword. Every time I’m enticed to go back to something from years ago that I loved, there’s a 50/50 chance that I’m either going to love it anew, or it’s going to taint my memories. Continue reading

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